4th Sunday of Easter – Sunday May 3, 2020

4th Sunday of Easter – Sunday May 3rd, 2020

Divine Service 4 pg. 203-212


Confession and Absolution

Hymn of Invocation – The King of Love My Shepherd Is – LSB 709

1      The King of love my shepherd is,
    Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
    And He is mine forever.

2      Where streams of living water flow,
    My ransomed soul He leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
    With food celestial feedeth.

3      Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
    But yet in love He sought me
And on His shoulder gently laid
    And home rejoicing brought me.

4      In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
    With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
    Thy cross before to guide me.

5      Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
    Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight
    From Thy pure chalice floweth!

6      And so through all the length of days
    Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
    Within Thy house forever!

Text: Public domain

Stand – The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

Invocation & Exhortation – LSB 203

P    In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C    Amen.

P    Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C    who made heaven and earth.

P    If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?

C    But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.

P    Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.

Confession of Sins – LSB 203

C    Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness – LSB 203

P    Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C    Amen.

Service of the Word

Kyrie LSB 204

C    Lord, have mercy;

Christ, have mercy;

Lord, have mercy.

Gloria in Excelsis ♫ – LSB 204

C    1 To God on high be glory

    And peace to all the earth;

    Goodwill from God in heaven

    Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!

    We praise and bless You, Father;

    Your holy name, we sing—

    Our thanks for Your great glory,

    Lord God, our heav’nly King.

2 To You, O sole-begotten,

    The Father’s Son, we pray;

    O Lamb of God, our Savior,

    You take our sins away.

    Have mercy on us, Jesus;

    Receive our heartfelt cry,

    Where You in pow’r are seated

    At God’s right hand on high—

3 For You alone are holy;

    You only are the Lord.

    Forever and forever,

    Be worshiped and adored;

    You with the Holy Spirit

    Alone are Lord Most High,

    In God the Father’s glory.

    “Amen!” our glad reply.

Salutation and Collect of the Day: Easter 4

P    The Lord be with you.

C    And also with you.

P    Let us pray.

Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.


First Reading – Acts 2:42–47

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

Epistle – 1 Peter 2:19–25

19This is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were straying like sheep but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

P    This is the Word of the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.


Alleluia and Verse ♫ – LSB 205

C    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

        These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

      Allelua, alleluia, alleluia.

Holy Gospel –  John 10:1–10

P    The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the tenth chapter.

C    Glory to You, O Lord.

1[Jesus said:] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

P    This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C    Praise to You, O Christ.

Apostles’ Creed

C    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.


Children’s Message

Children Sermon Slide.jpg

Hymn of the Day – Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us – LSB 711

1      Savior, like a shepherd lead us;
    Much we need Your tender care.
In Your pleasant pastures feed us,
    For our use Your fold prepare.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have bought us; we are Yours.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have bought us; we are Yours.

2      We are Yours; in love befriend us,
    Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Your flock, from sin defend us,
    Seek us when we go astray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Hear us children when we pray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Hear us children when we pray.

3      You have promised to receive us,
    Poor and sinful though we be;
You have mercy to relieve us,
    Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Early let us turn to You.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    Early let us turn to You.

4      Early let us seek Your favor,
    Early let us do Your will;
Blessèd Lord and only Savior,
    With Your love our spirits fill.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have loved us, love us still.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus,
    You have loved us, love us still.

Text: Public domain

Sermon Message – “Hear the Voice of the Shepherd” John 10:4.

*No written worship script this Sunday while Pastor is out of town. Check out the sermons on the Church App.


Prayer of the Church

P     Bidden by our Shepherd, let us come before His throne of grace in prayer on behalf of all people according to their needs.

Brief silence

         Blessed Shepherd, You established Your Church with Your sacrificial death and mighty resurrection. Grant us devotion, that we may abide in the teaching of the apostles and honor the fellowship of the Church. Guard us against all enemies of Your Word, and keep us within the care of Your flock and staff forevermore. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P     Mighty Shepherd, You hold in Your hands all the might of man, and You hold accountable those who would govern Your people. Grant to us good government and good leaders who will honor Your purpose, protect Your people, serve the cause of justice and defend our liberty against all threats. Give them wisdom and moderation in their pandemic response. Lord, in Your mercy,

C    hear our prayer.

P     Loving Shepherd, You loved the world enough to shed Your blood, and You desire that all would be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Inspire and equip Your Church and her ministers to speak faithfully and boldly Your Word, and bless all those who serve us on Your behalf. Bless us especially when we are persecuted for the faith or suffer for the sake of the good that honors You and is obedient to Your Word. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Holy Shepherd, You have clothed us with Christ’s righteousness and taught us to love all that is good, right and true. Bless all artists and artisans, composers and musicians, and craftsmen and writers, that they may employ all their skills for Your glory and in service to the Gospel and that the arts may testify to Your saving death and resurrection. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Merciful Shepherd, Your wounds are our healing and Your voice calls us to You in time of need. Hear us on behalf of all those who suffer in body or mind, who grieve those whom they love, and to whom death draws near. We pray especially for _____________ and those we name in our hearts. Grant them healing according to Your will, grace to sustain them in the day of trouble, and hope of the new and everlasting life to come. Be with the unemployed and the distraught, and return them to health and livelihood. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Gracious Shepherd, You seek out those who have fallen and restore the sinner to repentance. Send forth Your Spirit to rekindle faith in the hearts of those who have fallen away from the truth or who have been overcome by temptation and sin. Bring good from ill and increase in all the hunger for Your Word and a recognition of our need, that many may be gathered into Your flock when church doors are opened wide again. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     Giving Shepherd, You have not withheld anything from us but emptied Yourself fully upon the cross that we might be saved. Move our hearts to such devotion and teach us such generosity, that we may bring to You the tithes and offerings of a grateful heart and serve our neighbor in need with the resources You have supplied to us so abundantly. Lord, in Your mercy,

C     hear our prayer.

P     O great Good Shepherd, we pray You to hear Your sheep and answer our prayers with mercy, granting us those things profitable for us and our salvation and keeping from us all things harmful; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C    Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

C    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.



(Offerings may be given at Pathway Bank Drive-Up Window, Thank you to everyone that has donated during this time of stay at home.)


Benedicamus & Benediction – LSB 212

P    Let us bless the Lord.

C    Thanks be to God.

P    The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C    Amen.


Hymn to Depart – The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want – LSB 710

1      The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;
    He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
    The quiet waters by.

2      My soul He doth restore again
    And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
    E’en for His own name’s sake.

3      Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
    Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
    And staff me comfort still.

4      My table Thou hast furnishèd
    In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
    And my cup overflows.

5      Goodness and mercy all my life
    Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
    My dwelling place shall be.

Text: Public domain


Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2018 Concordia Publishing House.

Christ Lutheran Church
Cairo, NE
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

This entry was posted in Announcements and Readings. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *